Raising courageous girls is necessary for our daughters to develop and live fully.
Courage helps us persevere when we feel alone, not smart enough, or out of our comfort zones. It gives us the push to take that hard class, not worry about going against traditional roles, or to apply for jobs we really want.
It takes courage to be who you are and become who you want to be.
For many of us, we need a lot of courage to explore and pursue our passions (mom guilt can be a big jerk). How great for us as mothers to help our daughters see it in us and develop it themselves! Last time I shared several activities to do with our daughters to actively develop courage and below is a list of resources in the form of books, film, social media accounts, and toys that will help you explore courage with your girls.
Keep in mind that this is a list of things I’ve found helpful, but I always recommend that you check new things out before sharing them with your daughter to make sure it aligns with your family values. And while many of these items are Amazon affiliate links, please know that you don’t have to buy everything to be a good mom. Libraries are wonderful, as are minimal kid toys.
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Books with Courageous Girls
This list makes me happy. I was so inspired by the books about real women and girls. What a great legacy of strong women we have! Also, I recently read the unabridged Little Women for the first time and it made me so happy to be a mom to little girls and raise them to know they can be anything!
Movies with Courageous Girls
Everyone will have different opinions of what movies or shows depict courageous girls and women. These are some of the movies I picked where female characters highlight the courage it takes to act and the courage to be who you are. Whether characters or real-life women, they are amazing examples!
*A quick note: Girl Rising is incredible! We bought it after watching it on TV when they first broadcast it on Fathers Day 2013. However, there are some really hard topics in it. I’d recommend watching it first and then deciding which segments to show your daughter according to what you believe is appropriate for her age/development. I also have the link for the DVD on their website and not on Amazon, because if you buy it I want them to get all the money for their foundation.
It’s hard to put a concept like courage into a specific type of toy, because each of us is courageous in our own ways. Maybe it’s courageous for someone to play with a doll, for another it’s courageous to play with STEM toys, and for another to play with a basketball. Consider who you’re shopping for and how they may need help showing courage. Here are some ideas for categories that may help your daughter see courage more.
- Dolls and paper dolls of real people: Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, the Barbie Inspiring Women Series, etc. can be found on Amazon or Etsy.
- Dolls representing careers they’re interested in.
- Dress up clothes! A quick search can find superhero, career and suffragette costumes, or others she considers brave.
- Sport equipment. Whether it’s something she’s already involved in or brand new, developing skills in a sport can increase confidence and courage! Bonus: playing with them and letting them see you be athletic is awesome! My daughter’s face when she sees me sink a basket or hit a baseball “so far!” (it’s not, haha) is great!
- “Brave” coloring books. I really like this one for the affirmations and this one for the historical examples.
OK, so I know this is a lot to look over. Don’t feel like you have to do all of these things all at once. Look through, consider your daughter’s interest and needs, and go from there. You probably already go to the library and can be more purposeful in what books you check out. Or if it’s a gift-giving time in your life, suggest something like these ideas. And remember, you don’t have to buy a bunch of stuff to help your kids. Libraries, Youtube videos of people reading books, and borrowing from friends work great too!
And please leave a comment with other suggestions you have!